April 15, 2021
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Heart Health News
Better cardiovascular health, based on six American Heart Association measures, was associated with a lower risk of atrial fibrillation for older adults, according to a study in the journal Heart. "Since the components of health behaviors are easily modifiable factors, this result could highlight the importance of behavior modification in elderly populations with respect to AF risk," researchers wrote.
Full Story: Healio (free registration)/Cardiology Today (4/13) 
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A meta-analysis published in the American Journal of Preventive Cardiology found that the risk for ischemic heart disease mortality was lower among those who followed a vegetarian diet, compared with those who followed a nonvegetarian diet. However, the findings, based on data from eight studies encompassing 131,869 individuals, found no associations between a vegetarian diet and cerebrovascular mortality or all-cause mortality.
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Emerging Trends
Dapagliflozin was as effective at reducing the risk of worsening heart failure and death, and improving symptoms, in women with heart failure as in men, when compared with a placebo, researchers reported in JAMA Cardiology. Women had a lower risk of worsening HF or cardiovascular death, when compared with men, the researchers said.
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The FDA labeled the recall of seven models of defibrillating cardiac rhythm devices by Medtronic to be Class I, meaning there is a potential risk for serious injury or death. The recall is associated with a risk for premature battery depletion, and the FDA said while there have been 444 complaints, no deaths have been reported.
Full Story: Medscape (free registration) (4/12) 
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Nursing in the News
Health care jobs in the US are predicted to increase by 15% from 2019 to 2029, according to the Department of Labor, creating about 2.4 million jobs during that time period. Growth in nurse practitioner jobs is expected to be more than 50% due to increased emphasis on preventive care and the need for health care for aging adults, while data suggest an additional 11 million registered nurses will be needed to avoid a further shortage.
Full Story: The New York Times (4/14) 
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A survey of nurses by health care inventory provider Syft found that nurses face supply chain challenges that cause stress and can affect patient care, with many nurses reporting the need to spend time on documentation and hunting for supplies. "Creating a more nurse-centric supply chain is critical to every hospital's success," said Todd Plesko, CEO of Syft.
Full Story: HealthLeaders Media (4/12) 
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PCNA Update
PCNA President Sandra Dunbar, RN, PhD, FAAN, FAHA, FPCNA penned this letter to mark the beginning of her term, which outlines our priorities for the coming year. "This past year we have all encountered unprecedented challenges with the COVID-19 pandemic, remoteness, and feelings of loss and grief as dear colleagues and family members succumbed to the ravages of the disease. The illumination of racial disparities and injustices has harkened a resounding call for a new culture that promotes respect for all, inclusion, and health equity. Coupled with a tense and contentious political scene, we have definitely experienced an extraordinary year." Read the letter.
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Join us on May 6-7 for the free Skill Building Workshop portion of the Cardiovascular Nursing Symposium. Topics include 12 Lead ECG, heart sounds, behavior change strategies for healthy eating and medication adherence, and sleep apnea. Earn 6.0 CE contact hours when you register for this event. Learn more.
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